Words by Libby Dalziel As we prepare for Spirits of the Season, our new spirits tasting and brewfest, we want to share with you the inside scoop on how to navigate such a tasting event. We caught up with Max Overstrom-Coleman from Mad River Distillers to pick his brain on things we should keep in mind while sipping on these local liquids. Max reinforced that … Continue reading How to Make the Most of a Spirits Tasting
Stratton’s summit saw its first snowfall on October 22, 2016 – a sign of Accuweather’s winter prediction calling for “frequent storms to bring above-normal snowfall to the northeastern US.” Shortly after the first snowfall, snowmakers fired up their fleet of snow guns prepping the mountain with the goal of top-to-bottom skiing and riding for November 25. We caught up with Craig Panarisi, Vice President of … Continue reading The Inside Scoop: Stratton Snowmaking
Let’s take time to disconnect from our devices and reconnect with the outdoors. Swap the liking for hiking, the clicking for apple picking and email sending for family time spending. Start your digital detox with these activities, and unplugging will leave you rejuvenated to start the fall season. Discover foliage at new heights Catch a ride on the Stratton gondola and before you know it you’ll be … Continue reading 5 Effortless Ways to “Unplug” this Fall
Since it’s Vermont Beer Week, we called on our local expert to give us some tips on beerfests in general , and specifically what you will find during Stratton’s Columbus Day Weekend event. Greg’s (Meuleman’s Craft Drafts) Guide to Beer Festivals First, don’t go to an event just because it says “beer festival.” Don’t get me wrong, beer is a good thing. But on occasion … Continue reading Expert Tips on How To Navigate the Brewfest
Adventures in southern Vermont are more fun with your furry family member. Here’s our top picks, specially approved by Stratton dogs.
1. Lye Brook Falls // Hike, Scenic
After an approximate 2.2 mile hike through the scenic Lye Brook wilderness, you and your pup will be greeted by the breathtaking 125-foot tall Lye Brook waterfall. Difficulty level is moderate, with only a few fairly challenging inclines. Be sure to wear proper hiking boots and bring plenty of water. Getting there: Follow Glen Road in Manchester and bear right at the fork to turn onto the Lye Brook Access Road, clearly marked.
2. West River Trail // Walk, Bike, Scenic
The 16-mile West River trail welcomes walkers, runners and mountain bikers looking for a dog friendly adventure in southern Vermont. Be sure to stop by the Ball Mountain Dam (pictured above) for spectacular views of the surrounding Green Mountains. Trail access and parking directions found here.
3.Heels to Paws 5K // Event, Run/Walk, Fundraiser
For this Stratton tradition, four legs are as welcome as two! On October 8, runners and walkers will explore Stratton’s 5K route to raise money for Second Chance Animal Shelter. This year’s race is accompanied by the Columbus Day Weekend Brewfest!
4. Stratton Firetower // Hike
Venture to the crossroads of the Appalachian and Long Trail with your four-legged friend. Hike to Stratton’s summit (explore uphill trails here) and reach the fire tower trailhead off of Mike’s Way. From the summit, the moderate hike is 0.7 miles one way. The firetower offers 360-degree views of the green Mountains – pictured above.
We suggest fido stay leashed at the bottom of the firetower should you decide to climb it.
5. Stratton Pond // Hike, Camp
Up for a challenge? Once you and your pup reach the Stratton Firetower, venture north on the Appalachian and Long Trail to the scenic Stratton Pond. Grab supplies from First Run Ski Shop in the Village and make it an overnight camping trip or do it all in a day!
6. Batenkill River // Walk, Swim, Scenic
Pick any spot on the 59.4-mile-long river that flows through Vermont and New York and your pooch is sure to be satisfied to take a dip in the cool water on a hot summer day. Visit the Arlington Green swimming hole for a perfect Vermont day.
As you make summer vacation plans, consider the Green Mountains of Vermont. Not because of our famous Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, maple syrup, breathtaking views and farm-to-table lifestyle, but because… You want to bathe in natural springs, waterfalls and lakes. You want to pick your line, experiencing an entirely unique and personal venture. The driving force pushing you to travel is adventure. Dogs aren’t dogs in Vermont, … Continue reading 5 GoPro Photos that will Inspire a Vermont Vacation
We’ve all been there. You find that perfect fantasy-looking dish on Pinterest and think, “Hey, I can make that. Easy.” Two hours later, you have a kitchen counter laden with over-priced grocery store fruit or flour – a testament to your hard work gone awry as you realize you may need a bit of culinary guidance. (At least, I’m hoping this has happened to others besides myself…). … Continue reading 6 Easy Ways to Step Up your Culinary Game